In November 2019, a severely disfigured dog was abandoned in Collinsville, Oklahoma. The dog, dubbed Phoenix, or “Phe,” was rescued and efforts were made to find out what had happened to his beautiful face. It turned out that Phoenix was suffering from a rare auto-immune disease known as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
Phoenix received extensive veterinary care with the help of Skiatook Paws & Claws Animal Rescue, and a team of specialty veterinarians. But the toll of the disease ultimately took hold and he was released from his failing body this week.
On Monday, the rescue group broke the heartbreaking news to Facebook followers, writing:
Last night, at around 5 pm, we let Phe go.
His exit was peaceful. He was surrounded by people who adored him and his mom and sisters held him close. Phoenix had found his person in Dr. Gena, and she could not have adored him more if she tried. Her heart was his and his heart was hers. All any dog wants is to find their person, and he was one of the lucky ones who did. He held on as long as he could, not for himself, but for her and her girls. He was exhausted, and let them know it was time to go.
Adding words of gratitude for the dog who changed their life:
Phoenix represented everything that is good, and everything that is pure. Phoenix was hope, and most importantly, Phoenix was love. He had been through so so much and never, ever lost his overwhelmingly beautiful spirit. He loved everyone he ever met. His smile, and his heart, will remain ours forever, even if only through memories and photos.
Phoenix was nothing short of incredible. Who knew what a difference a rough, scarred up dog like him could make? We never knew. We still probably don’t know how many lives Phoenix has touched or how big of a difference he has made for others. Like I said, simply incredible.
May we all know the love of a dog like Phoenix. Rest easy sweet boy.
Read more of the tribute to Phoenix at this link.
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